Ottoman Turkish Delights, Bussorah Street, Singapore
Sometimes Singapore amazes me with hidden gems. In Bussorah Street, near to the popular Haji Lane, lies a small store selling Turkish and Middle Eastern delicacies. Ottoman Turkish Delights sound a little touristy, but trust me on this. By Singapore context, this place gets you out of the usual Singapore culture and into a doorway to travel destination favorites.
Ottoman Turkish Delights’ main attraction is their Turkish sand coffee. To the uninitiated, Turkish sand coffee is a type of coffee brewing methodology where it uses hot sand in a copper pan to brew the grounds. This is done without filtering the coffee, and coffee is usually placed in a container called cezve.
The cezve is swirled in the open-bottomed pot around 3-4 times before the coffee is completely brewed. I was given a small Turkish delight while I wait for my cup. You can view my TikTok here for how the coffee was done.
@candidcuisine dreaming of Istanbul rn 💜 🇹🇷 #sgfoodtrend #tiktoksg #ramadan ♬ love nwantinti (ah ah ah) – CKay
The result is a consistency, thick and highly caffeinated. Turkish Coffee is meant to consume in small increments, a joy to drink rather than to energize oneself.
Of course, Ottoman Turkish Delights has other delicacies you shouldn’t ignore. Baklavas, Turkish Delights, Rose ice cream, dates from Pakistan and Rose jam to name a few. It’s a great sampler for anyone who misses the colorful tastes in Turkey.